Video Lectures

King Huvishka, Yima and the Bird: Observations on a Paradisaic State

Author:
Touraj Daryaee, University of California, Irvine

In this lecture, Touraj Daryaee discusses a rare Kushan coinage which represent Yima, the important Indo-Iranian god, whose function has been interpreted differently.

Simorgh on the Sasanian rock reliefs – Part I

Author:
Matteo Compareti

In a two-part series, Matteo Compareti discusses the importance of the fabulous bird, Simorgh on the Sasanian rock reliefs.

Simorgh on the Sasanian rock reliefs – Part II

Author:
Matteo Compareti

In a two-part series, Matteo Compareti discusses the importance of the fabulous bird, Simorgh on the Sasanian rock reliefs.

Kingship in Sasanian Empire

Author:
Antonio Panaino, University of Bologna

Professor Panaino discusses the idea of kingship in the Sasanian Empire, where he compared the Byzatine and Iranian differences in ideology and propaganda. Looking at the Middle Persian and Greek inscriptions and texts, he suggested that a specific imperial titles and image was constructed that was mutually understandable to both empires.

Astral Mythology in Ancient Iran

Author:
Antonio Panaino, University of Bologna

Professor Panaino discusses the importance of Iranian view of astronomy and astrology, from the Avesta to the Persian and Greek textual sources.

The significance of the stars and planets in Zoroastrian tradition and its influence on later Islamic and European astronomical beliefs were highlighted.

The Creation and Destruction of the Iranian Past

Author:
Prof. Matthew P. Canepa , University of Minnesota

In this video lecture, Mathew Canepa discusses the development of a sacred landscape in the Sasanian period rooted in the Avestan tradition and connected with the mythical past.

Ardashir I: The Armenian Files – Part I

Author:
Prof. Giuato Traina

Giusto Traina discusses the importance of the early Armenian histories for understanding the history and career of Ardashir I, the founder of the Sasanian dynasty. this is the first part of a two-part series.

 

Ardashir I: The Armenian Files – Part II

Author:
Prof. Giuato Traina

In this second part of a two-part lecture, Giusto Traina continues the discussion of the importance of the early Armenian histories for understanding the history and career of Ardashir I, the founder of the Sasanian dynasty.

 

On Epigraphy and Historiographical Practices in the Sasanian World

Author:
Rahim M. Shayegan, University of California, Los Angeles

Rahim Shayegan discusses the importance of the early Sasanian inscriptions, namely that of Shapur I at Ka’be-ye Zardosht and that of Narseh at Paikuli.